August 25, 1998

DM MORDECHAI SAYS ISRAEL WILL STRIKE TERRORISTS

(Communicated by Defense Ministry Media Advisor)

Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai today (Tuesday) 25.8.98, stated, "The State of Israel and the IDF will strike terrorist organizations and their leaders who launch attacks against us. Israel reserves its legitimate right to act when necessary against terrorist leaders wherever they may be."

Minister Mordechai continued, stating that the State of Israel and the IDF acted against one of the key Amal agents in the Western Sector of the security zone, who was responsible for numerous attacks against the IDF and SLA. He expressed his admiration for the operation and congratulated all those who fight the war against terrorism.

In response to a question, the Defense Minister said, "I would not recommend to anyone on the other side to carry out any hasty operation."